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A flood-proof house on stilts in Long Beach, NY, for $889,000

This four-bedroom, three-bath beach house has big windows and two outdoor decks.

Douglas Elliman

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Long Beach, New York, is a barrier island that protects the south shore of Long Island. Nicknamed “The City by the Sea,” it's home to a beautiful, 3.3-mile-long beach with a boardwalk, as well as restaurants, bars, shops, art galleries, and surf schools. 

Long Beach is fairly small, and certainly the water's the real draw for swimming and surfing. You can sign up for lessons at SkudinSurf and surf2live. Feeling extra brave? How about trapeze lessons at I.Fly? For more grounded pursuits, there's the Long Beach Historical & Preservation Society, housed in a turn-of-the-20th-century villa. There are also occasional tours of Villa Clara, a funky Spanish Revival-style house built by the city's founder, Senator William Reynolds. And for folks who like walking on their water, there's the City of Long Beach Ice Arena, considered one of the best in the Long Island area. Eateries like Swingbelly's Beachside BBQ, LB Social, and seafood spot WildFeast round out the city's culinary scene.

In the adjacent hamlet of Lido Beach, you'll find a public golf course. Point Lookout, at one tip of the island, is where you can go for fresh seafood at restaurants on the water like Fisherman's Catch or Point Lookout Clam Bar.

Note that as a barrier island, Long Beach was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012; the boardwalk had to be rebuilt, and the city recently constructed a dune on the beach to protect it. Many houses were also destroyed, and the city has been working to revitalize the area over the last seven years. There are a number of newer properties built to withstand flooding. Consider, for instance, this four-bedroom, three-bath beach house at 91 Nebraska St., now on the market for $889,000.

The house was built in 2014, and is elevated on stilts to minimize future flood damage. The elevation also means there are two outdoor decks to enjoy.

The master bedroom is painted a lovely robin's egg blue, and gets a lot of light. There's also a walkout to the deck.

This looks like the master bath.

And there's a walk-in closet.

Here's another bedroom, which the current owners appear to be using as a nursery.

And another room, this one painted a dark green.

The house's Great Room features vaulted ceilings and a fireplace. There's also a walk-out to the top deck here.

The Great Room connects to the dining area and open concept kitchen.

The kitchen has been outfitted with stainless steel appliances and Quartzite counter tops.

And here's the top deck, with extra space for dining.

Here's another bedroom, which the current owners appear to be using as an office space.

And a bath.

There's an entry foyer as well. The staircase between the floors has storage space for bikes in the back.

Other amenities include a laundry area with washer and dryer, and a two-car garage. The house is a little over an hour's drive from the city, or you can take the Long Island Railroad's Long Beach line from Penn Station.